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Tuesday, September 02 2014 @ 07:30 AM EDT

The "Toro Video" Checkmate

CorruptionCarlos Estrada Aguilar for La Critica - Former President of Panama Ernesto Pérez Balladares denied the video and audio tapes, which allegedly confirm the payment of bribes in return for the approval of the CEMIS project by Panama's National Assembly, were spying, and said they are recordings that he has had for seven years, and he was waiting for the right situation in the Supreme Court of Justice in order to be able to turn them over to authorities. According to Perez Balladares the impunity has come to an end and those committing illegal acts "have to pay." Hopefully we can get to the end of an investigation and that those who are guilty will be punished not for revenge, but because we have do safeguard the country's democratic institutions, he added. Should those members of the National Executive Committee (CEN) of the PRD, who are implicated in the CEMIS scandal, be separated from their positions? (Balladares said) they should not have waited until the CEMIS case was reopened, they should have resigned after 3 May 2009 when we lost the election in a landslide, he added. (See Comments)

Editor's Comment: And with this, Ernesto "El Toro" Perez Balladares hopes to damage beyond all hope anyone else in the PRD with any name recognition whatsoever, specifically Balbina Herrera, Hector Aleman, and Pedro Miguel Gonzalez. Last week Perez Balladares turned over a package containing audio and videotapes recorded seven years ago, in which the primary players in the CEMIS scandal reportedly describe the details of bribe payments that were made to lawmakers. This case was another of the "open secrets" in which everyone knows pretty much what happened, but the Panamanian "justice" system never held anyone accountable. And why did "El Toro" do this? He wants to wrestle control of the PRD back away from Martin Torrijos.

Jaque Mate de los "Torovideos"

Carlos Estrada Aguilar | Crítica en Línea

El ex mandatario Ernesto Pérez Balladares negó que las grabaciones, que presuntamente confirman las coimas por la aprobación del contrato del CEMIS, fueran una operación de espionaje, y aseguró que es una grabación que tiene desde hace siete años, y estuvo esperando la coyuntura correcta en la Corte Suprema de Justicia para hacerla llegar a las autoridades.

Según Pérez Balladares, se debe acabar la impunidad y el que comete un acto deshonesto "tiene que pagarlo". Ojalá podamos llegar al final de la investigación y que los culpables sean castigados no por venganza, sino porque tenemos que salvaguardar las instituciones democráticas del país, añadió.

¿Deben los del CEN del PRD, mencionados en el CEMIS, separarse?

No debieron esperar la reapertura del CEMIS, debieron separarse desde el 3 de mayo cuando perdimos aparatosamente la elección.

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